Rayon challis (pronounced shall–ee) is an incredibly versatile fabric that has become much more widely available in recent years, in an impressive array of prints! It’s man-made from cellulose, which means that unlike fabrics manufactured from petroleum derivatives (polyesters, etc), it breathes like other natural fibers. This lightweight, soft substrate is defined by its great drape. It flows nicely over curves without clinging.
For the upcoming Valetta Peasant Top, you want a fabric with really good drape, and rayon challis is ideal. It’s silky smooth and easy to wear, with the added bonus of being really affordable! There are tons of options out there for less than $10/yd, and even beautiful designer prints for a few dollars more. Here are a few we found:
Solid rayon challis makes a luxurious staple – great for pairing with prints, wearing under your favorite cardi, and accessorizing as much or as little as you like.
Get the fabrics pictured above (affiliate links): Melon; Black; Navy; Mint
Of course we all love a good print! Whether you lean whimsical, floral geometric, or any which way with your prints, there’s a rayon challis to cover you.
Get the fabrics pictured above (affiliate links): Floral; Cranes; Wonderland; Mod Floral (Doesn’t this last one kind of look like an aerial view of spools or bobbins?? Cool!)
And lastly, it’s the semi-solids. Or is it non-prints? Whatever you call them, these textured-looking designs are really versatile and will rock for your Valetta! And they’re perfect for print mixing (tips on that here).
Get the fabrics pictured above (affiliate links): Lavender Batik; Turquoise Batik; Mint Pebble; Midnight
The Valetta Peasant Top can be purchased here when it’s released!